Closing the gap motivates Rams

Closing the gap motivates Rams

NEIL KELLY and his charges are motivated to pull clear of the drop zone, according to the Dewsbury boss.

But Kelly says his side need to concentrate more on winning the game against Barrow on Sunday than where they sit in the Championship table.

The Rams are now just a point clear of the relegation spots following Sunday’s drop-goal defeat to Swinton Lions.

Kelly said: “If we focus too much on the league table then we won’t do the necessary things we need to win a game.

“It’s a motivation, but I don’t see it as we have got to go into this game with that on our minds.

“We’ve just got to learn from last week. We have to retain the positives and throw out the negatives.”

Dewsbury can move clear of the drop in the coming weeks – if they can beat the three teams directly above them when they face off. 

Kelly is keen to concentrate on their immediate task, though. He said: “I’m only focusing on Barrow at the moment. It’s for other people to look at the overall picture.

“Everybody’s talking about England getting to the World Cup final, but they’ve still got to beat Sweden yet.”

The Rams will be without Martyn Reilly for Sunday’s game.

The former Halifax second-rower sustained an injury during the Swinton match.

Kelly said: “He will be out for the foreseeable future really, so it’s added more pressure into a small squad, but I still think we’ve got the players in that squad who are fit and can win against Barrow.”

Meanwhile Dewsbury have signed Keighley Cougars centre Adam Ryder. Ryder joined the Cougars in 2017 from Huddersfield YMCA RUFC and is now contracted to the Rams until the end of next season.

The signing was financed through funds raised by the 'All Together 2018' campaign.

 Neil Kelly offered his thoughts on the addition and said: "I am delighted to be able to bring Adam to the club. I've had my eye on him for a while and was going to try and sign him next year.

"Due to Keighley's unfortunate circumstances, it has meant we were able to bring Adam in sooner than planned.

"I'd like to thank the 'All Together 2018' group who have been able to provide the funds and backed me to make this signing.

A representative of the 'All Together 2018' group said: "We are delighted that we could help Neil make this signing.

"This was the the idea of the 'All Together' scheme where we could help Neil bring in specific players he wanted.

"All Together couldn't happen without the support of SquadGoals, Dewsbury Faithful, the Amber Ribbon and fans indvidual donations."

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